Career Change Coaching


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We could all use some career change coaching as soon as we even contemplate leaving our career. Learn some valuable tis in how to ensure you pick the right career.

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Career Change Coaching

  1. 1. June 6, 2013Career Change CoachingWhen I was a goal coach at lululemon athletica I had the opportunity to do a lot ofcareer coaching with people who were in college, who were committed to takingon new roles in leadership and one’s who needed to transition to another career.Knowing how to set goals during this period is vitally important and I cover that inmy book which you can find by clicking here. For today we are focused ondetermining what your ideal career could be.How many careers should a person have on average in their lifetime? I have noidea because all I care about is helping you find the right career for you. Thatone career you want to stay at forever because you love it so much you would doit for free (just don’t tell your boss that).Career ClogsMy theory about careers is that if all the people who were unhappy with theircareer would just quit it would make room for the people who would love thatcareer. Then there would be careers open for those that quit that they would love.Like a career exchange program.Have you had the experience before where you would love a certain career andyou know first-hand the person who has it could care less about it? You see Ibelieve that the right career is out there for everyone and unhappy people areclogging up the career pipeline for everyone else.These career cloggers cost companies millions of dollars a year and potentialemployees that could change the face of their organization. Don’t be hard onthem because you care most likely in the same position.Before we explore how you can discover the right career for you I want to addresssomething you may be doing either consciously or unconsciously and it may notturn out quite how you think it will.Career SuicideI want you to be proactive in determining the career you want to have and notcommit what I call career suicide. My definition of career suicide is:The act of consciously choosing to do things that you know lower yourpersonal performance, and purposefully go against the goals of the
  2. 2. company while blaming everyone else for your unhappiness to the pointwhere you force your leader to take action and terminate you.People who do this usually feel trapped in their career due to the externalobligations they feel they will fail to make if they leave. They believe they cannottake the risk in quitting yet are setting themselves up to be fired. Why not keepthe control of when and how you leave your career?Start setting goals, researching and applying for other careers. Acknowledge youhave been choosing to do things you know could get you fired. Just because youare unhappy with where you are is no excuse to not perform with excellence.Setting goals will honestly improve your performance because you will start tocreate a plan on a way out. This feeling of freedom will reflect on your happiness.I want you to control when your career ends so life doesn’t force you into actionby you getting fired before you were “ready” to leave making you feel like youneed to take the first career that comes along so you can pay the bills. Thisalmost guarantees you will end up in a career you don’t love all over again.There is the possibility you are unconsciously behaving in ways that are notconducive to a long prosperous career because if you tell yourself you hate yourcareer every day then you most likely act like you hate your career every day.Identify What You Love vs. Don’t LoveBefore you decide to tell your employer to take their job and shove it let’s takesome time to discover why exactly you feel the need to do that. If you don’t takethe time to do this step you may find you end up in the exact same style of careeryou want to leave.How do you avoid getting the exact same career you just left being that is theindustry you were trained in? I mean if you are a nurse just switching hospitals willnot mean you won’t see blood anymore.You can clarify your ideal career by determining what you love doing every dayand what you don’t love doing every day. This sounds simple because it is. Grabyour journal and make two columns, love and don’t love.The key here is to not include your boss or Negative Nancy on the list becauseyou can’t control the people you work with every day no matter where you go.Focus only on the details of the career. If you are a nurse maybe your list lookslike:Love – being hands on with people, dynamic work environment, paperwork
  3. 3. Don’t love – blood, sick people, shift workOnce you have your list made you can take a step back and see why you may notlove the career you have. You will become clear on what you love to do anddiscover you can do it without being a nurse at all.You can also determine now which of the things you don’t love that you are willingto accept because most of our dream careers will have a few of them but thegreat things will outweigh them.AwarenessThe point behind determining the reasons why you love your career is so that youcan replace it easily when needed. We all know the days of staying at the firstcareer you chose until the day you retire are pretty much gone.By being fully aware of what made the last career feel so satisfying you canreplicate it again and again. You know what you want and you can clearly dictateit when accepting offers from employers. There is nothing wrong with asking themhow they would describe their current leadership style or the culture of thecompany. Ask how often you will be performing duties that are on the don’t lovelist so you can make an informed decision. Don’t present it as a negative butalong the lines of requesting a job description. You are interviewing them as muchas they are you.By choosing not to ask the right questions even though you are fully aware ofwhat you want it is possible to end up with a career you hate all over again.The MoveI understand that changing careers can be a stressful choice even when you havea great offer on the table because you are leaving what you already know andunderstand or in other words leaving your comfort zone.If you are staying at a career that takes away your happiness because you don’twant to be seen as a quitter or you were always told to stick it out, get over it.Consciously choosing your happiness is not quitting it is excelling at life.Take Action Request:If you feel a career change is needed then identify what you love vs. what youdon’t love currently and start researching careers that fit who you are. Seek outpeople in the professions that you are curious about. Don’t just ask what they do
  4. 4. for a living, ask what exactly they do for a living. Step out of your comfort zoneand discover the world of possibility that awaits you.Your Life Your Choice Your DesignDarrin WigginsP.S. – If at any time you said to yourself “easier said than done Darrin” I want toassure you that doing this work ahead of time is a lot easier than trying to findwhat you were meant to do after the steady paycheque disappears because yougot fired like I did. Figure it out while you have the flexibility of income and daysoff to go to interviews.“What is it that you like doing? If you don’t like it, get out of it,because you’ll be lousy at it.” – Lee Iacocca